Fashionable bridge

Fashionable bridge

Pakistani designer Monica Paracha and Indian designer Mudassir Usmani will showcase their latest collections at Samsaara Boutique over a two-day event

By Davina Raisinghani

Published: Sat 12 Dec 2009, 10:07 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 11:20 PM

Later today, Samsaara Boutique will be using fashion to bridge the gap between the trends currently predominant in India and Pakistan and salute the global spirit of Dubai.

Attending the event will be two renowned designers – Monica Paracha from Pakistan and Mudassir Usmani from India. Both fashion conscious creators will be exclusively showcasing the latest collections from their respective labels.

“It has been inspired by the Roman and Greecian times; so those are the sort of silhouettes. There’ll be a lot of ethnic kaftans in beige, pink and other pastel colours. Also there’s cobalt blue, ice blue and ivory that are in keeping with the season. There are tops with skirts, harem pants, short dresses and even long tops. There are also evening wear dresses,” said Paracha of her three new collections when City Times caught up with her over the phone for a quick chat.

The designer is also famous for making one-of-a-kind genuine Italian leather bags with kemp on the inside. She has also started a line of crystallised shoes – ten of which she will be bringing for the preview.

Usmani, on the other hand, had this to say about his set entitled ‘The Spanish Chapter’: “My set of fusion-based dresses are mostly inspired by Andalucia in the south of Spain. They are a bit of a blend – western silhouettes, styles and cuts mixed with traditional Indian handwork. You will get to see a lot of water influences and I’ve used colours such as turquoise, emerald green and royal blue they’re very easy on the eye and they catch the appeal of everyone for this season.”

The creative brainchild of brother-sister duo - Muddassir and Shaema - their ‘Zöuk’ label covers varied palettes of western and fusion fashion apparels, both, for men and women. Initially the label was exclusively exhibited in Italy, Spain, the UK and Greece, but was quite recently launched in Mumbai.

The designers will also be putting in appearances on both days and will be available at the venue from 4pm to 10pm. A special high tea with the duo is scheduled to take place this evening between 5pm and 7pm.


What: Previews of Monica Paracha and Mudassir Usmani’s latest collections

When: 10am to 10pm

Where: Samsaara, Level 3, Souq Al Bahar, Dubai

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